Can Technological Improvements Reduce the Cost of Proton Radiation Therapy?

This article presents an overview of on-going technical developments, which have a reduction of the capital investment or operational costs either as a major goal or as a potential outcome.
Source: Seminars in Radiation Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research

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Conclusions: IMPT plans improve both the target coverage and the OARs sparing, especially for the heart, cardiac substructures (LAD and LV), lungs and normal tissue, in synchronous bilateral breast radiotherapy. VMAT and HT could be selected as suboptimal techniques for SBBC patients.
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conclusion: There is an increasing requirement to tackle unmet clinical demands of pancreatic cancer, particularly the lack of synergistic therapies in the advancing space of radiation oncology.
Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The proposed mp-MRI-guided DIL boost using proton radiation therapy is feasible without violating OAR constraints and demonstrates a potential clinical benefit by improving DIL TCP. This retrospective study suggested the use of IMPT-based DIL SIB may represent a strategy to improve tumor control. ADVANCES IN KNOWLEDGE: This study investigated the planning of mp-MRI-guided DIL boost in prostate proton radiation therapy and estimated its clinical impact with respect to TCP and NTCP. PMID: 31904261 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The British Journal of Radiology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Br J Radiol Source Type: research
ConclusionsDespite the dosimetric precision of proton therapy, orbital asymmetry will develop after>40 GyRBE to multiple bones of the orbital rim. These data may be used to guide treatment planning and counsel patients on expected cosmesis.
Source: Practical Radiation Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
(Washington University School of Medicine) Cancer patients who receive high-tech proton therapy experience similar cure rates and fewer serious side effects compared with those who undergo traditional X-ray radiation therapy, according to a study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news
Radiation therapy represents an important approach in the therapeutic management of children and adolescents with malignant tumors and its application with modern techniques – including Proton Beam Therapy (PB...
Source: Italian Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
Abstract Owing to the favorable physical and biological properties of swift ions in matter, their application to radiation therapy for highly selective cancer treatment is rapidly spreading worldwide. To date over 90 ion therapy facilities are operational, predominantly with proton beams, and about the same amount is under construction or planning.Over the last decades considerable developments have been achieved in accelerator technology, beam delivery and medical physics to enhance conformation of the dose delivery to complex shaped tumour volumes, with excellent sparing of surrounding normal tissue and critical...
Source: The British Journal of Radiology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Br J Radiol Source Type: research
ConclusionsVMAT and PBSPT for RNI in patients with high risk BC risks underdosage in the high AX, SCV, and IMN nodal regions unless comprehensive target delineation is performed.
Source: Practical Radiation Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
This article reviews the current indications and future directions of radiotherapy in lung cancer management. PMID: 31739938 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Clinical Lung Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Hematol Oncol Clin North Am Source Type: research
Abstract Proton radiation therapy has been used clinically since 1952, and major advancements in the last 10 years have helped establish protons as a major clinical modality in the cancer-fighting arsenal. Technologies will always evolve, but enough major breakthroughs have been accomplished over the past 10 years to allow for a major revolution in proton therapy. This paper summarizes the major technology advancements with respect to beam delivery that are now ready for mass implementation in the proton therapy space and encourages vendors to bring these to market to benefit the cancer population worldwide. We st...
Source: The British Journal of Radiology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Br J Radiol Source Type: research
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